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PRSM releases Best Practices Book in Retail Facilities Management and Maintenance
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Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, has released its 2012 Best Practices Book. Filled with expert knowledge from the industry's leading practitioners, the book is designed to serve as a long term resource of and education guide about best practices in retail facility management and maintenance. With more than 60 contributing papers in this third edition, 2012 Best Practices addresses such topics as energy management, sustainability and maintenance management from the perspective of the retailer and vendor. More

Walmart announces 27 solar projects totalling 10.5 MW
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Walmart has announced plans to install solar photovoltaic arrays on 27 of its Massachusetts stores as early as August, adding on-site generation to more than half of its outlets in the state. The arrays are in the engineering phase and still require permits, the Boston Globe reports. Once operational, the installations should have a total capacity of 10.5 MW, the paper reports. Each solar plant will provide around 10 to 15 percent of its store's energy. More

Sears to partly spin off Canada business
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Sears Holdings Corp. plans to spin off a large part of its stake in Sears Canada Inc., a move that will ratchet up the pressure on the Canadian division to turn around its performance as a slew of U.S. rivals set up shop in Canada. In an unexpected move, U.S. parent Sears Holdings Corp. said that it plans to reduce its stake in the Canadian unit to about 51 percent from 95 percent, and could further lower it after the spinoff. More

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Harris survey ranks Kohl's, Target and Walgreens
highest in their categories

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Kohl's, Nordstrom and Target ranked first in their categories in a new survey by Harris Interactive The 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend study surveyed Americans about brands across several retail segments, revealing which brands prompted them to open their hearts — and consequently — their pocketbooks. While all brands in the department store category dropped in 2012, Kohl's came out on top as the Department Store Brand of the Year. Kohl's edged out J.C. Penney in 2009 and has maintained its lead in the rankings ever since. Kohl's shows the highest overall brand equity score, carried by a strong performance in purchase consideration. More

Golf Town to acquire US-based Golfsmith
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Golf Town, Canada's largest specialty golf retailer, has signed a deal to acquire U.S-based golf retailer Golfsmith for approximately $97-million in cash. The $6.10 (U.S.) a share Golf Town is paying for Golfsmith represents a 30-percent premium for shareholders of the Texas-based chain based on the closing price of the stock on May 11. More

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Apple to use only green power for main data center
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Apple Inc. plans to power its main U.S. data center entirely with renewable energy by the end of this year, taking steps to address longstanding environmental concerns about the rapid expansion of high-consuming computer server farms. The maker of the iPhone and iPad said it was buying equipment from SunPower Corp. and start-up Bloom Energy to build two solar array installations in and around Maiden, N.C., near its core data center. More

Ross profit rises 21 percent in Q1
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Ross Stores reported that net income for the first quarter surged 21% to $208.6 million, from $173 million in the same period last year. Sales increased 14 percent to $2.4 billion, and same-store sales rose 9 percent. More

Loft sales lift Ann Inc.'s 1Q earnings
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Ann Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 5 percent, buoyed by growing sales at Loft, the retailer's more casual, less expensive chain and lower discounting. The women's clothing company, which runs pricier Ann Taylor stores as well as outlets of both its brands, said that it earned $28.7 million, or 58 cents per share, in the three months through April 28. That compares with $27.3 million, or 51 cents per share, a year earlier. More

US luxury sales rising in Brazil
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For years, Brazilians coveting a Coach bag or Tiffany diamonds boarded flights to places like New York and Miami. Now American luxury is coming to them. Coach Inc., the largest U.S. luxury handbag maker, last month opened its first South American store in Sao Paulo, has a second one in the works and is eyeing as many as 10 more malls. More

How facility managers can effectively use
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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According to a Building Operating Management survey, 49 percent of facility managers are on Facebook, 23 percent participate in discussions on LinkedIn and 13 percent have Twitter accounts. But, overwhelmingly, facility managers use platforms like Facebook and Twitter strictly for personal purposes. The majority is passing by opportunities to use these communications tools to help them network, keep up on industry developments, position themselves as thought leaders and advance the business of their organizations. More

Target tops earnings view even after earlier increase
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First quarter earnings at Target exceeded a profit forecast the company increased last month after a strong start to the quarter. Sales increased 6.1 percent to $16.5 billion, and same-store sales advanced 5.3 percent. More

Study: Fuel prices trump unemployment as risk to retailers
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Worries about fuel prices are trumping concerns about unemployment for U.S. retailers, according to a BDO USA study. Unemployment had been a larger retailer concern since 2009. More

BrandPoint Announces New President

Brandpoint Services Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Hearon as President. Steve plans on using his knowledge of the industry and strong customer service background to make BrandPoint Services into one of the foremost leaders in Construction Services.
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Higher duty-free thresholds expected to boost cross-border shopping
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Cross-border shopping is costing the Canadian economy much more than believed and new rules raising duty-free limits will only make matters worse, says a new report by the Bank of Montreal. More

The year that changed retailing forever
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Attention, discount shoppers! It's time for a celebration. This spring, Americans mark half a century of discount retailing — or would mark it, if they weren't so busy shopping. Discounting doesn't really have a birth date; the idea that a store can move more goods by knocking down the price is as old as retailing itself. But this spring marks the 50th anniversary of a discounting revolution that helped shape modern retailing. More

'Fast' Eddie may end up saving Sears
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It was far from fast. But hedge fund manager Edward Lampert may end up pulling off a turnaround at Sears Holdings in the end. The troubled retailer, which owns the Sears and K-Mart chains as well as apparel brand Land's End, now looks likely to keep its doors open, at least for the next year and quite possibly much longer. More

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